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Maroon traded to New Jersey in exchange for a 3rd round pick and a prospect

The Edmonton Oilers have traded Patrick Maroon to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a third-round draft pick and (reportedly) for prospect JD Dudek from Boston College. Losing the Big Rig was a trade that we all saw coming, and now it has finally become a reality. Goodbye, Patty, we’ll miss you.

Ever since coming over from Anaheim at the deadline in 2016, Pat Maroon almost instantly staked his claim as a fan favourite. Not only could the big man put the puck in the net, he also fought, his interviews were priceless, his contract was affordable, and he brought his adorable son all over the continent to watch him play hockey. That’s the kind of player that Edmontonians love and to see him leave is a bittersweet moment for all of us. Sure, we want to get a return for expiring assets especially when the playoffs are out of reach, but Pat Maroon was a bright spot for Edmonton from the first day he pulled on the jersey. Seeing him go sucks.

That said, Peter Chiarelli did do the smart thing by moving Maroon for a pair of assets at this point, disappointing as the return may be. Maroon, will be an unrestricted free agent come July 1st, will be turning 30-years-old in April and is likely looking to cash in on what could be his last chance at a big contract. Now, who knows what kind of deal he was looking at to stay with the Oilers but the reality of the matter is that Patty is on the back-nine of his career and those are the kind of details that the team can’t be giving out, especially with the cap crunch that will soon be slapping us in the face.

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At the end of the day, I would have preferred that the Oilers found a way to keep Maroon and get rid of Lucic but those are not the cards that we’ve been dealt. Not to mention, a move like that would not likely happen with Peter Chiarelli still manning the fort. Instead, we see a guy that had chemistry with Connor McDavid moving on to a playoff push with Taylor Hall and the Devils in exchange for a 3rd round pick and a mystery prospect. It’s tough to see you go, but that’s the business we’re in and these friendships don’t ever seem to last forever.

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So long, Patty. We’ve had some great times together and I’ll miss you.


At the end of the day, this was a move that we knew was coming and it was just a matter of waiting to see what the return would be. When Peter Chiarelli spoke late last week, he mentioned the want for actual hockey players that could help in some capacity now and not draft picks that they’d have to wait on for years. At first, it looked like we were only going to get the 3rd round pick for Patrick Maroon and I think everyone would have been disappointed with that. That said, Devils’ prospect JD Dudek is also reportedly attached to the deal so Chiarelli did follow through on his word of getting a warm body back on these trades. How good is JD Dudek? I have no idea. I’ve never heard his name before just not, but what I can tell you is that he’s a right-shot centre that’s playing for Boston College in the NCAA.

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Source: Elliotte Friedman, Verified Twitter Account, 2/26/2018 – 1:18 pm MST

  • Mike Modano's Dog

    I initially thought we got nothing in return for Maroon. At least we got a 3rd and Dudek for him. All the best, Patrick. Go and win a Stanley Cup, buddy! Make us proud!

  • Heretoday

    Following the oilers on this trade deadline day was just as exciting for me as watching the last few seasons of The Curse of Oak Island. Always waiting for them to find some treasure but always ending up with scraps and junk that get talked about way more then it ever should.

  • hagar

    That’s all it was ever going to be. To think Pat was going to get a first round pick was wishful thinking.
    Vegas is completely made of guys like him, they aren’t hard to find.

      • hagar

        I can’t name many average players off the top of my head that are ufas this off season because average players don’t stand out. There will for sure be a lot of people that can put up the same points with mcdavid as maroon did available this of season though.
        Just because he is important to us doesn’t mean he is important to other teams that are actually good.

    • Hemmercules

      Initially it seemed weak but looking at the other trades is doesn’t seem like UFA’s were fetching a huge amount other than Nash. Im not really sure what Boston is thinking there to be honest?

    • EThom04

      I love Patty as a guy and a player, but if it took until 1 p.m. pretty much to get a trade done then there wasn’t much on the table for him. Everyone who thought he was going to fetch a similar return as Nash is living in a dreamworld. Maybe similar numbers, but not even close to the same player.

      • Glencontrolurstik

        What is there then, besides numbers, respect & heart?
        Maroon had all of that, with respect from both us & his team-mates…
        A 3rd round pick is ridiculous… Oh, yeah… He did get a gold medal, that’s got to account for something?… right?

  • BrandieBear

    Hartman gets a first and Plec gets a 2nd and Chia musters a 3rd and a nothing prospect. Seriously why is he allowed to run this team. I thought our previous GMs were bad but this might take the cake

    • Hemmercules

      Hartman is RFA, he’s way younger and he makes less than Maroon for the same production. Plec is a vet centerman that went in a package deal. Different situations.

  • TheStefman

    Not exactly sure why so many people thought Maroon was going to net “at least a second, likely a first”. I think for a guy who generally only produced with McDavid, stocking the cupboards with a third, and prospect, is a fine return. He upgraded the assets he used to obtain Maroon as well, so there’s that.

    • EThom04

      Nash is a defensively responsible player who kills penalties and can score. Him and Maroon are not the same player so their returns shouldn’t be compared.

      • Natejax97

        Nash is a past Olympian and a past Captain of the Blue Jackets…both are past. The players are remarkably similar now. Difference being the big sexy name Rick Nash. Big Rig is a playoff difference maker. He will make Jersey better, at 1/4 the cap hit. So yes, the return on Maroon should have been a bit better.

        • EThom04

          My point was Maroon doesn’t kill penalties and can be a defensive liability. Not saying the return was great for him, definitely think he could’ve gotten a 2nd. But for just those two traits Nash deserved a bigger return. Boston definitely paid heavily though for the sex appeal of Nash

  • Explicit

    Request a trade Connor. Don’t let pride ruin your career and legacy. This franchise is broken. Get out while you’re young and go join an organization that is capable of winning instead of breaking your back tugging along a pathetic organization stuck in the 80’s.

    Oilers have been rebuilding for over a decade and still have nothing but a couple guys they lucked out on in the draft cuz they sucked so bad.

    Seriously, get out Connor!! Get out before your career and legacy is ruined. The oilers management has no plan, they’re desperate and have no plan.

    • Glencontrolurstik

      Wow, just wow…
      I always was proud of the Fans of Edmonton not giving up on there teams.
      Eskimos, Oilers… through thick & thin. Was this the last straw for you or did you just move here from Vancouver?
      Hang in there,… have a drink?

  • Beer_League_Ringer

    -Good source on Twitter (Friedman, I think) said Maroon’s agent was asking for 4mil x 5years with full NMC (!?)

    This leads me to believe that Chiarelli was trying to sign, not trade Maroon. (I wouldn’t have done that deal for Maroon either).

  • Zalapski

    I’m not here to troll what so ever, but do you guys worry about the asset managing Chia has been showing. Every single one of his trades seem to be confusing. I’m a fan of both Alberta teams because I split time living in Flames and Oil country during my youth. The Reinhart deal, the hall deal, this deal, the Strome deal. It seems he undervalues what he has and over values what he can get in return. What do you guys think of the job he’s doing? Either way, good luck guys!

  • Svart kaffe

    So.. He got more for Letestu than one of this trade deadlines most hyped players? At least I’ve heard of Åberg and from the glimpses I saw of him last season he looked like a legitimate player.

    Chiarelli will get one more season, we all know that, but if all he can bring is more of the same then good luck in whatever he does after hockey. With that degree I’m sure he can get another job.

  • Spaceman Spiff

    Disappointing return, but I’m prepared to cut Chiarelli some slack because, to me, this deal has the look and feel of a deal that happened because a “Plan A” deal fell through, probably pretty late.

    Think about it. This is not a “complex” enough deal to push to the deadline… unless it took to the deadline to execute. And, in my opinion, it only took to that point because Chiarelli had other options that had likely fizzled out. Otherwise … if this took place at 9 a.m., it would have been announced at that time.

    At any rate, the market has spoken on Maroon, folks. Third-rounder and a long-term prospect. We got what we got.

    • jaggsonwire

      Yes, it smells of a last minute calamitous blow up. So obviously Shero and Snow are on Chia’s speed dial as “please give me something or I’ll lose my job” because both GMs just keep stealing our assets. Seriously, what happened to the “market” Chia was creating for Maroon? How is it that Nash gets the return he does and Maroon is sent away for virtually (percentage wise) no chance of an NHL player coming back? It’s downright disgusting to see the team dismantled this way, slowly and painfully. Time to drink.

      • Spaceman Spiff

        Actually, the market spoke and it was “longshot prospect and a third.” If there was more out there, we’d have seen it.

        That’s the thing we need to remember, people. You take what you can get in situations like this and this is the best he could get. It’s not that complicated. We move on.

  • CaptainCanada94

    One more reason to hop on the New Jersey bandwagon for playoffs. Good luck Patty and Hallsy! Ray Shero’s my five numbers has Chia taking up all 5 slots.

  • Natejax97

    Great another 3rd round pick, in 2019. Super Awesome. I would have rather kept Maroon for the last 20 games than those magic beans with this amateur scouting staff. You have a better chance at being struck by lightning and a soviet satellite at the same time than the Oilers turning that pick into an NHL player.

    Maybe they will use it in a trade to someone who actually drafts talent.

    • crabman

      I’d rather a 3rd than nothing.
      2012 Khaira
      2013 Slepyshev
      2014-2015 no 3rd round pick
      2016 looks awful
      2017 G – Skinner decent prospect
      LD- Samorukov looks like a good prospect.

      No home runs there but I would say we have done pretty good overall in the 3rd round in the relative recent past.

  • Marlees

    What should we have gotten for Maroon? He’s 187th in points this year and is a UFA. We gave up a fourth rounder and a middling prospect for him. Getting a third rounder back and another middling prospect is not terrible.

    • Natejax97

      We should have gotten at least a second round pick or a little better than a no name prospect for him. Maroon is a difference maker in the playoffs. This is not rocket science. His PPG is actually higher than Nash’s for the past 2 years, and virtually no cap hit…

      • Hemmercules

        Boston got fleeced on that one. That is a puzzling move. Spooner was apparently well liked and has basically the same all around numbers as Nash does. After seeing that trade you would almost think Chia is still working for Boston.